Weekly food rail, with a cookie-baking tip, an easy recipe for Enchilada Lasagna Pie, the latest from the Beer Nut, and more.
Tip of the Week: Stop cookies from spreading
Don’t ignore a recipe if it calls for chilling your cookie dough before baking.
Chilling cookie dough will help cookies hold their shape and will prevent them from spreading when they begin to cook in the oven. This works especially well with rolled cookies.
Easy recipe: Enchilada Lasagna Pie
8 ounces. lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-ounce) can red or green enchilada sauce
4 corn tortillas, quartered
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. Cook beef and onion six to eight minutes or until beef is browned; drain. Season to taste. Stir in beans.
3. Spread a few spoonfuls of sauce in 8-inch deep-dish pie plate. Layer half tortillas, beef mixture, half remaining sauce and half of cheese over sauce in dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and sauce.
4. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil, top with remaining cheese. Bake five more minutes or until cheese melts. Enjoy topped with sour cream and chopped cilantro (optional).
Makes four servings.
Did You Know?
Two observational studies found that strokes were more rare among tea drinks and coffee drinkers compared with their peers. – University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California
Critic's Cupboard: College Inn Culinary Broth
Gourmet ready-to-use broths and stocks are crowding grocery shelves. You can find broth flavored with roasted garlic, lemon, basil, mushroom, scallion and myriad spices.
I give mixed reviews to these new versions from College Inn. I enjoyed the kicky Thai Coconut Curry, even though the lemongrass flavor dominated the advertised coconut and coriander.
The Wine and Herb chicken broth had no discernible chicken flavor, just a sour wine tang with a hint of musty oregano.
-- Saimi Bergmann, Canton Repository
Which of the following sets represent the three main ingredients of a Waldorf salad?
A. Lettuce, apples, blue cheese
B. Apple, tomato, cucumber
C. Potato, ham, apple
D. Apple, celery, walnuts
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Tilapia
Tilapia (tuh-LAH-pee-uh), a low-fat, whitefish fillet tinged with pink, has become popular in recent years. The fish, from Africa, are now raised on aqua farms almost worldwide and are valued for their sweet flavor. Popular cooking methods include grilling, baking and sautéing.
-- Canton Repository
Number to Know: 18
Grams of fat in one slice of Pizza Hut’s large pepperoni pan pizza. -- www.pizzahut.com
The Dish On … “Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads” by Nancy Baggett
For years, countless home cooks have shied away from baking their own bread because they were intimidated by all the mess, the experience and, of course, all the kneading required.
Now even complete novices can bake bread quickly and easily in their own homes, with no kneading and no kitchen mess. The secret is in Baggett's slow-rise method, which allows the yeast to grow slowly and develop the same full, satisfying flavor of traditional bread, without any kneading at all.
With this new method, anyone who can read, measure and stir can now make delicious, fine-textured yeast bread at home.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog
I’ve been really, really into hoppy beers lately. Then I realized something: The weather has been warmer; not warm, but not frigid.
I think my internal beer-to-weather meter started changing. Instead of reaching for a stout, porter or heavy Belgian winter ale, I’m grabbing a Dogfish Head 60- or 90-Minute IPA.
This reconnecting with hops has helped me discover a new favorite: Founders’ Double Trouble IPA. This is an absolutely amazing double IPA. With its big piney smells and flavor, I could drink this one every day.
Does this happen to you? Do your choices in beers and styles change throughout the year? When the weather starts warming up, what style do you reach for?
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
Food Quiz Answer
D. Apple, celery, walnuts; variations to this recipe include the addition of raisins and other dried fruit. The salad is usually presented on a bed of lettuce.
GateHouse News Service